If the person you care for only needs to stay in a care home for a short time, to give you a break, see our pages about respite and getting a break.
Permanently moving into a care home is a big decision. Ask for an assessment from your local council for the person you care for to help you work out if a care home would be the best option for them. You should also make sure you have had a carer’s assessment so that your needs can also be considered.
Different types of care homes
There are different sorts of care homes that care for people with different needs:
- Residential or rest homes – can help with personal care.
- Nursing homes – also have qualified nursing staff who can provide nursing care.
- Specialised care homes for older people, people with dementia or adults with learning disabilities.
- Care homes for children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or emotional problems.
Care home inspections
All care homes are inspected but different organisations are responsible depending which nation the care home is in.
- In England all care homes are regulated and inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). You can search online for reports of care homes near you.
- In Wales you can view inspection reports of care homes on the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales website.
- In Scotland you can view inspection reports and current grade of care homes on the Care Inspectorate website.
- In Northern Ireland the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) regulates care homes in Northern Ireland. You can view inspections online.
Care home complaints
If you, or the person you care for, aren’t happy about the care you receive at a nursing or residential care home, or from paid care workers at home, then you can say something even you don't want to make a formal complaint. Find out more about social care, care home or paid care worker complaints.